Cheptegei, nine others nominated for Male Athlete of the Year Award

According to World Athletics,a three-way vote system will be used to determine the five finalists.


 Uganda’s long-distance runner Joshua Cheptegei has been announced by World Athletics among the nominees for the 2021 Male Athlete of the Year Award.

The 25 year-old Olympic gold medalist will however tussle it out with nine other Olympic champions that include Kenyan marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge and American shot-put champion Ryan Crouser who has been undefeated all year.

Others are pole vault ace Swede Mondo Duplantis and 400m hurdles world record holder Karsten Warholm of Norway.

The Ugandan who won silver in the Men’s 10000m and later a 5000m gold medal during the 2020 Olympic Games in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, is vying for the accolade for the third time in a row.

In addition to Cheptegei’s two medals, Peruth Chemutai triumphed in the 3000m steeplechase while Jacob Kiplimo took bronze in 10000m bronze making it four medals overall and the best-ever performance by Uganda in Olympic history.

According to World Athletics,a three-way vote system will be used to determine the five finalists. Its council will cast their votes while fans can vote online via the social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted this week, and a ‘like’ on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

“The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result,” read World Athletics’ statement.

November 6 will be the last day of voting and five finalists will be named before the winner is crowned at the World Athletics Awards in December.



NOMINEES: Joshua Cheptegei (UGA), Ryan Crouser (USA), Mondo Duplantis (SWE), Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR), Eliud Kipchoge (KEN), Pedro Pichardo (POR), Daniel Stahl (SWE), Miltiadis Tentoglou (GRE), Damian Warner (CAN), Karsten Warholm (NOR)